Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.
Laura Zhou
Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.

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China must do more to stop North Korean refugees being sold into sexual slavery, rights group says

Women and girls from the reclusive state are being trafficked or sold as brides, and Beijing is doing little to stop it, Korea Future Initiative says.

20 May 2019 - 7:00PM

Women and girls from the reclusive state are being trafficked or sold as brides, and Beijing is doing little to stop it, Korea Future Initiative says.

China must do more to stop North Korean refugees being sold into sexual slavery, rights group says
South China Sea: Beijing unveils US$23.5 million contract for coastguard ship to patrol Paracel Islands

Vessel is part of maritime agency’s plans to take enforcement fleet to 20, while the US has said coastguard and fishing boats will be dealt with as naval vessels.

13 May 2019 - 11:04PM

Vessel is part of maritime agency’s plans to take enforcement fleet to 20, while the US has said coastguard and fishing boats will be dealt with as naval vessels.

South China Sea: Beijing unveils US$23.5 million contract for coastguard ship to patrol Paracel Islands
China vows to fight ‘to the end’ as it raises tariffs on US$60 billion of US goods in trade war escalation

Ministry of Finance says the move, with duties to rise to ‘25, 20 and 10 per cent’, is a response to ‘unilateralism and trade protectionism’.

14 May 2019 - 10:01AM

Ministry of Finance says the move, with duties to rise to ‘25, 20 and 10 per cent’, is a response to ‘unilateralism and trade protectionism’.

China vows to fight ‘to the end’ as it raises tariffs on US$60 billion of US goods in trade war escalation
Could the Arctic chill US-China relations still further?

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns against Beijing’s ‘aggressive behaviour’ in polar region.

12 May 2019 - 5:17AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns against Beijing’s ‘aggressive behaviour’ in polar region.

Could the Arctic chill US-China relations still further?
North Korea weapons tests ‘a warning to Donald Trump’ to restart nuclear talks

North Korea weapons tests, supervised by leader Kim, a clear signal to US president to resume negotiations or risk renewed ICBM tests, analysts say.

5 May 2019 - 11:04PM

North Korea weapons tests, supervised by leader Kim, a clear signal to US president to resume negotiations or risk renewed ICBM tests, analysts say.

North Korea weapons tests ‘a warning to Donald Trump’ to restart nuclear talks
A wolf in dog’s clothing? Chinese zoo brings fake wildlife exhibit claims to heel

Nature park says there was no attempt to dupe visitors with lone domestic canine in enclosure.

5 May 2019 - 3:04PM

Nature park says there was no attempt to dupe visitors with lone domestic canine in enclosure.

A wolf in dog’s clothing? Chinese zoo brings fake wildlife exhibit claims to heel
Beijing’s blurred lines between military and non-military shipping in South China Sea could raise risk of flashpoint

Increasing deployment of coastguard and fishing vessels in disputed waters risks undermining regional stability.

5 May 2019 - 11:01PM

Increasing deployment of coastguard and fishing vessels in disputed waters risks undermining regional stability.

Beijing’s blurred lines between military and non-military shipping in South China Sea could raise risk of flashpoint
Why China’s belt and road loans may not be the debt trap other countries fear

Study by US-based Rhodium Group finds only one confirmed case of asset seizure and says Beijing is more likely to renegotiate burdensome debts.

1 May 2019 - 1:23AM

Study by US-based Rhodium Group finds only one confirmed case of asset seizure and says Beijing is more likely to renegotiate burdensome debts.

Why China’s belt and road loans may not be the debt trap other countries fear
China’s Belt and Road Forum ends with more support and US$64 billion in new deals, but is it job done for Beijing?

Xi Jinping wraps up three-day event with signing of shared promise to make global trade and infrastructure plan more diversified, financially responsible.

27 Apr 2019 - 11:27PM

Xi Jinping wraps up three-day event with signing of shared promise to make global trade and infrastructure plan more diversified, financially responsible.

China’s Belt and Road Forum ends with more support and US$64 billion in new deals, but is it job done for Beijing?
Respect key European Union values, Croatian ambassador urges as China seeks to expand belt and road into Europe

Croatian ambassador says Beijing’s drive to expand influence in Europe must acknowledge principles such as fair trading rules and human rights.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:54AM

Croatian ambassador says Beijing’s drive to expand influence in Europe must acknowledge principles such as fair trading rules and human rights.

Respect key European Union values, Croatian ambassador urges as China seeks to expand belt and road  into Europe
Sri Lanka rejects fears of China’s ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ in belt and road projects

Controversial Hambantota port an economic cooperation, not security, issue, says ambassador to Beijing.

23 Apr 2019 - 9:25AM

Controversial Hambantota port an economic cooperation, not security, issue, says ambassador to Beijing.

Sri Lanka rejects fears of China’s ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ in belt and road projects
Russia seeks Chinese support in developing Arctic shipping routes, promising long-term gas supplies in return

Ambassador to China invites Beijing to help develop ports and other facilities as Russia seeks to boost sea traffic in region.

19 Apr 2019 - 2:28PM

Ambassador to China invites Beijing to help develop ports and other facilities as Russia seeks to boost sea traffic in region.

Russia seeks Chinese support in developing Arctic shipping routes, promising long-term gas supplies in return
Why US and Chinese trade teams have to mind their language as talks get serious

Negotiators are now said to be pouring through documents ‘word by word’ to ensure there will be no misunderstandings.

29 Mar 2019 - 10:00PM

Negotiators are now said to be pouring through documents ‘word by word’ to ensure there will be no misunderstandings.

Why US and Chinese trade teams have to mind their language as talks get serious
China’s authoritarian way can rival liberal democracy if it doesn’t tear itself apart, says End of History author

Francis Fukuyama says Beijing challenged the expectations he had when he published his bestseller in 1992, but the Chinese system in the Xi Jinping era must evolve to flourish.

28 Mar 2019 - 12:04PM

Francis Fukuyama says Beijing challenged the expectations he had when he published his bestseller in 1992, but the Chinese system in the Xi Jinping era must evolve to flourish.

China’s authoritarian way can rival liberal democracy if it doesn’t tear itself apart, says End of History author
US envoy to North Korea arrives in Beijing to discuss ‘coordination on policies’

Stephen Biegun’s trip to China may signal Washington seeks its help breaking stalemate with Pyongyang, analyst says, a shift as it could be used for leverage in trade-war talks.

25 Mar 2019 - 7:48PM

Stephen Biegun’s trip to China may signal Washington seeks its help breaking stalemate with Pyongyang, analyst says, a shift as it could be used for leverage in trade-war talks.

US envoy to North Korea arrives in Beijing to discuss ‘coordination on policies’
Ethiopia in talks with China to ease ‘serious debt pressure’ tied to New Silk Road rail link, envoy says

Ethiopian ambassador to China Teshome Toga Chanaka insists that signing on to the Belt and Road Initiative ‘makes a lot of sense’, rejecting claims that the plan is a ‘debt trap’ for developing economies.

16 Apr 2019 - 1:21PM

Ethiopian ambassador to China Teshome Toga Chanaka insists that signing on to the Belt and Road Initiative ‘makes a lot of sense’, rejecting claims that the plan is a ‘debt trap’ for developing economies.

Ethiopia in talks with China to ease ‘serious debt pressure’ tied to New Silk Road rail link, envoy says
Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan says Beijing backs Pakistan’s efforts to manage relations with neighbours

‘No need to read too much into visit’ of Pakistan’s top diplomat, but Islamabad’s fight with India in Kashmir could threaten piece of China’s belt and road jigsaw.

19 Mar 2019 - 11:10PM

‘No need to read too much into visit’ of Pakistan’s top diplomat, but Islamabad’s fight with India in Kashmir could threaten piece of China’s belt and road jigsaw.

Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan says Beijing backs Pakistan’s efforts to manage relations with neighbours
How China hit a roadblock on its way to central and eastern Europe

The 16+1 initiative was supposed to boost trade and investment between the participants but so far it seems largely one-way, observers say.

18 Mar 2019 - 8:38AM

The 16+1 initiative was supposed to boost trade and investment between the participants but so far it seems largely one-way, observers say.

How China hit a roadblock on its way to central and eastern Europe
Chinese consumer rights show prompts action on factories turning plastic medical waste into toys

Used diapers and sanitary pads being shredded and made into new ones also among cases revealed by state broadcaster, but foreign brands were not in the cross hairs this year.

17 Mar 2019 - 9:53PM

Used diapers and sanitary pads being shredded and made into new ones also among cases revealed by state broadcaster, but foreign brands were not in the cross hairs this year.

Chinese consumer rights show prompts action on factories turning plastic medical waste into toys
The good and the bad for China in a return to US-North Korea nuclear tensions

The failed Kim-Trump talks in Hanoi allow things to stay as they are, preserving China’s regional power. But security risks tied to North Korea’s nuclear weapons threaten Chinese interests.

10 Mar 2019 - 10:35PM

The failed Kim-Trump talks in Hanoi allow things to stay as they are, preserving China’s regional power. But security risks tied to North Korea’s nuclear weapons threaten Chinese interests.

The good and the bad for China in a return to US-North Korea nuclear tensions
Why US Navy’s South China Sea operations tighten squeeze on Southeast Asian nations caught between Washington and Beijing

Escalating rivalry between major powers increases the dilemma faced by the smaller nations who fear being caught between the two sides.

5 Mar 2019 - 11:22AM

Escalating rivalry between major powers increases the dilemma faced by the smaller nations who fear being caught between the two sides.

Why US Navy’s South China Sea operations tighten squeeze on Southeast Asian nations caught between Washington and Beijing
Beijing says it can ease power and water shortages on Taiwan’s Quemoy, Matsu islands

Different social systems should not be ‘a barrier to unification or an excuse for separation’, according to mainland’s cross-strait affairs office.

2 Mar 2019 - 4:13PM

Different social systems should not be ‘a barrier to unification or an excuse for separation’, according to mainland’s cross-strait affairs office.

Beijing says it can ease power and water shortages on Taiwan’s Quemoy, Matsu islands
China Airlines pilot punished after he’s filmed sleeping in cockpit

Middle-aged man seen taking a nap mid-flight said to be senior pilot with the Taiwanese carrier. His co-pilot who took the video has also been reprimanded.

23 Feb 2019 - 10:44PM

Middle-aged man seen taking a nap mid-flight said to be senior pilot with the Taiwanese carrier. His co-pilot who took the video has also been reprimanded.

China Airlines pilot punished after he’s filmed sleeping in cockpit
China, US will ‘redouble efforts and speed up’ trade talks, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He says

Negotiations in Washington extended for another 48 hours as the two sides try to reach a deal to end tariff war.

23 Feb 2019 - 11:24PM

Negotiations in Washington extended for another 48 hours as the two sides try to reach a deal to end tariff war.

China, US will ‘redouble efforts and speed up’ trade talks, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He says
Chinese-British relations ‘complicated’ by South China Sea military plans

Joint US-Britain naval drill in disputed waters follows hard on the heels of Beijing anger at plans to deploy new aircraft carrier to the region.

21 Feb 2019 - 11:28PM

Joint US-Britain naval drill in disputed waters follows hard on the heels of Beijing anger at plans to deploy new aircraft carrier to the region.

Chinese-British relations ‘complicated’ by South China Sea military plans
President Tsai Ing-wen will seek re-election in 2020 to ‘complete’ Taiwan vision

Tsai says strained ties with Beijing were not key factor in local polls setback in November – rather, it was her tough reform agenda.

8 May 2019 - 2:47AM

Tsai says strained ties with Beijing were not key factor in local polls setback in November – rather, it was her tough reform agenda.

President Tsai Ing-wen will seek re-election in 2020 to ‘complete’ Taiwan vision
Race on in Beijing to reach China-US trade deal before time runs out on tariff truce

Top representatives from China and the US meet as deadline looms.

14 Feb 2019 - 11:12PM

Top representatives from China and the US meet as deadline looms.

Race on in Beijing to reach China-US trade deal before time runs out on tariff truce
Where? When? How? China and United States at odds over right place and time for next Xi-Trump summit

Beijing is pushing for a meeting in Hainan, a source says, while US new site reports that Washington is keen for talks in Florida.

13 Feb 2019 - 2:21PM

Beijing is pushing for a meeting in Hainan, a source says, while US new site reports that Washington is keen for talks in Florida.

Where? When? How? China and United States at odds over right place and time for next Xi-Trump summit
China Coast Guard heads to front line to enforce Beijing’s South China Sea claims

The service’s role and integration with the military has been strengthened in the last year, leaving the navy to set sights on deeper waters.

9 Feb 2019 - 11:26PM

The service’s role and integration with the military has been strengthened in the last year, leaving the navy to set sights on deeper waters.

China Coast Guard heads to front line to enforce Beijing’s South China Sea claims
US shift on South China Sea ‘grey zone’ aggression signals stronger response ahead

More pre-emptive measures expected to enforce rules against non-military Chinese vessels in contested waters as analysts urge more red lines and proactive action.

9 Feb 2019 - 11:48AM

More pre-emptive measures expected to enforce rules against non-military Chinese vessels in contested waters as analysts urge more red lines and proactive action.

US shift on South China Sea ‘grey zone’ aggression signals stronger response ahead